DescriptionBetween Barkley and Kentucky lakes in western Kentucky and Tennessee, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area can be reached from I-24W exit 31 by taking SR 453 south to Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway and following signs. The 170,000-acre wooded peninsula is managed by the USDA Forest Service.
More than 200 miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails lead to points of natural and historic interest. Dozens of elk and bison roam a 700-acre restored prairie in the Kentucky portion of the area. Fishing, boating, camping, picnicking and hunting are popular activities. The Turkey Bay Off Highway Vehicle Area offers 100 miles of designated trails.
The recreation area is served by three visitor centers. The North Welcome Station, near Grand Rivers, and the South Welcome Station, near Dover, Tenn., provide visitor information, including trail maps. The Golden Pond Visitor Center, centrally located at Woodlands Trace and US 68/SR 80, has visitor information and maps, interpretive displays, audiovisual orientation programs and a planetarium.
The recreation area is accessible daily 24 hours. The North and South welcome stations are open daily 9-5, Apr.-Oct.; Wed.-Sun. 9-5 in Mar. and Nov. The Golden Pond Visitor Center is open daily 9-5, year-round. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some activities free. For additional information phone (270) 924-2000 or (800) 525-7077.
Things to SeeElk & Bison Prairie